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The Happening, Review

The Happening

2008, **, Mystery-Suspense-Sci-Fi

M. Night Shyamalan does it again at a mediocre level of suspense and intrigue. His stories are inventive; yet always seem to be missing a limb-and I think limb is appropriate for this film due to the issue with plant life in the film. His films are typically science fiction mysteries based on some evidence that seem to focus in on a point of elements that branch out towards issues that are left unexplained.

He's no scientist, but the main character (Whalberg) is. I think the audience deserves a bit more explanation than the text provides. We hear a couple of facts about a world without bees, chemicals released by plants, then there's running and screaming, and dead bodies. His worlds are simple, but the subtext in the dialog is very deep.

Mark Whalberg, Zooey Deschannel, and John Leguizamo star in this thriller that basically tells us the bees are gone, the trees are mad at us and the chemicals in the air are causing mass hysteria turned into a suicidal rampage.

Don't get me wrong; you can sit through this movie. You are interested in the characters, I mean, come on, who wouldn't be interested in Whalberg, he's a great actor and good looking guy.

There are some strange moments in the film that might make you jump, but overall, all I wanted to do was read more about global warming, and how we can only survive as a planet without bees for four years, after all they do pollinate all sorts of things that we need to provide oxygen.

This flick is a one-time watcher.

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